Snorkeling Around Rincón

You may think that because Rincon is such a popular surfing destination in Puerto Rico that snorkeling is not a possibility.  Think again!  If you visit during the summer months when the surf is calm, you'll find a gorgeous underwater world just waiting to be discovered. 

Steps Beach at Tres Palmas is one destination you can always count on for great snorkeling.  The area is protected by the government, so the elkhorn coral that is dominant here has had a chance to flourish while sea turtles, squid, reef fish, and dolphin visit frequently.  

Most people visit the reserve as part of a snorkeling tour.  A snorkeling trip to Desecheo Island is another popular option as it is just about 30 minutes away by boat.  However, if you feel more comfortable renting a snorkeling kit and heading into the waters of a public beach on your own, it certainly can be done here as long as you proceed with caution.  Make sure you monitor the water conditions on a daily basis and never enter the water when the waves look even the slightest bit strong.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring what's below the surface you might enjoy visiting Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. This site is best visited during the summer and early in the fall when you can explore a forest of elk horn coral without the rough surf causing potential harm. The coral reef runs parallel to the shore for about three-quarters of a mile and you can spend hours exploring it on a calm day. This snorkeling site is located in northwestern Rincón.

View the chart below for a listing of one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Rincón
Site Location Island
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to check with Katarina Sail Charters. Katrina offers three different basic excursions on a regular basis. The "Tan Your Can" Day Sail is about three and half hours long and brings guests to an offshore snorkeling destination plus serves lunch as part of the package.

Another option to investigate is Capital Water Sports Sailing Charters. For all of your independent watersports needs, stop by this shop to charter, rent, or purchase supplies and equipment. They're located in the heart of Rincón.

Some information with regard to boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities can be found in the following chart.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Rincón
Name Phone Location
Capital Water Sports Sailing Charters (787) 823-2789 Central Rincón
Katarina Sail Charters (787) 823-7245 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Rincon Diving. Snorkeling in this area is fun and safe for everyone. Not only do they offer snorkeling excursions, but PADI training so you can master the sport. They are situated in the heart of Rincón.

A second place worth knowing about is Desecheo Dive Shop. Everything you need for your Rincon snorkeling experience is available here, and at great rental prices.

A third company worth contacting is Taino Divers. For almost 20 years, this dive shop has been a favorite in the area. Not only can you learn to dive with them, but snorkeling is a possibility as well, and they usually bring snorkelers along with them on their dive excursions. They're found in Rincón.

Some details about 4 firms that offer snorkeling related services are provided right below.

Snorkeling Services In Rincón
Name Type Phone Location
Desecheo Dive Shop Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (787) 823-0390 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón
Rincon Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 506-3483 Central Rincón
Rincon Paddle Boards Watersports Equipment Shop (787) 323-6977 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón
Taino Divers Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (787) 823-6429 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Whether you come nose to nose with a friendly dolphin, or you spend hours watching as colorful fish dart in and out of the coral reef, Rincón can offer snorkelers a great opportunity to explore an entire world they might not otherwise ever experience.  


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